Battlefield 3 - Close Quarters

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TIGER WOODS GETS KINECTED

Look, ma, I’m golfing with no hands! That’s right, the upcoming “Tiger Woods Golf ‘13” features an all-new swing mechanic for Kinect users. EA Sports claims that the new Tiger Woods for Xbox 360 is the first-ever voice-enabled and controller-free sports simulation game. Kinect tracks full body movements to create an advanced virtual golf swing. The controls for the PlayStation Move controller have also been improved.

Gamers can try it out now with a demo of the game, available for download on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. The demo includes holes 14, 15 and 16 at Augusta National Golf Club and the opening three holes from The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, the host of the 2012 PGA Championship.

EA is also giving gamers a head start by letting them create their own Online Country Clubs (Link: http://www.easports.com/countryclubs ), complete with the ability to customize the club logo and invite friends to get quicker access to exclusive courses in the game to help promote the new Kinect controls, EA has released a funny new video featuring Woods and former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal as they spoof old school kung-fu films while showing off their Kinect golfing skills.

“Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13” launches March 27.

BATTLEFIELD 3 TO GET CALL OF DUTY'ED

“Battlefield 3” is treading on “Call Of Duty” territory with its newest downloadable content pack, called Close Quarters.

While Battlefield has traditionally been defined by large-scale combat complete with massive maps, and plenty of tanks, helicopters, and jets to control, Close Quarters is about duking it out in tight indoor environments with infantry forces only on four brand new maps, which is nearer to the kind of multiplayer that Call of Duty provides.

Close Quarters also promises 10 new weapons which can be imported into the regular game. The new weapons include ACW-R carbine, the M417 sniper rifle, the L86LSW machine gun and the M5K tactical machine pistol.

The DLC will launch in June for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The following expansion pack, Battlefield 3: Armored Kill, coming in the fall will drop new vehicles into play, including tanks, ATV’s, and mobile artillery, and the biggest maps in the franchise's history.

COOL NEW "BIOSHOCK" BADDIES

2K Games have pulled the curtain back to reveal a couple types of Heavy Hitters, the new big time baddies in the upcoming “BioShock Infinite.”

The first is the Motorized Patriot, a badass automaton equipped with a gatling gun and the face of a Founding Father. Yup, an evil robot version of George Washington. In a video describing the Patriot, one of the game’s creators calls him a “Clockwork Terminator.”

The second is the Handyman, a man stuck in a giant robot-like suit with an exposed heart encased in the mechanical chestpiece. It is a nod to some of the porcelain dolls of the early 1900’s, who were made to seem realistic but ended up looking downright creepy.

“Bioshock Infinite” hits October 16 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

"STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN" REVIEW

Comic book heroes are one thing, but who would have believed that Ryu, Ken and the Street Fighter crew would ever share the spotlight with Fei Long and their other fight club rivals at Tekken?

A fighting fan’s dream, Capcom has developed a game that takes Street Fighter and Tekken characters and puts them in a game that plays like a variation of “Street Fighter IV.” It’s strange at first to take Tekken out of its 3D universe, because this is a 2D fighter with two-on-two combat where each side takes control of two fighters. You’re also able to play four players at the same time as two different people can control fighters on the same team.

But unlike the tag friendly “Marvel Vs. Capcom” series, this isn’t a game for casual button mashers who can pull off random moves for wins.

Between trying to memorize all the individual moves and combos, negotiating a three-section energy meter used for a whole host of functions, and figuring out cross-cancelling moves and other nuances of the game, newbies will have their work cut out for themselves. The game does let you program combos onto buttons and features a nifty gem system that gives assists like auto-block, but this is still a game for more hardcore fighting fans.

Overall, “Street Fighter X Tekken” looks greats, plays like a dream, and is an early candidate for fighting game of the year.

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